Nikoloz Basilashvili thrashed Juan Martin Del Potro to lift the China Open title in men's singles. Not getting much time between the second semifinal and the final, Basilashvili showed no signs of fatigue and walked past Del Potro 6-4, 6-4. While Del Potro had made it clear that he wasn't fully well due to flu prior to the clash, he was still touted to be a frontrunner for the title, however the match was dominated by Nikoloz.
Del Potro was way ahead in terms of aces in the match (11-3), Nikoloz stamped his authority in the match on basis on win percentage on second serve, points and games won, maximum game and points won in a row and on serves. Nikoloz was ahead in all these aspects to cruise past Del Potro, who was down with flu.
Starting with win percentage on second serve, Nikoloz led Del Potro by 68 percent as compared to 38 percent. The total points won belonged to Nikoloz with a lead og 75-65. In terms of (total) games won, the Georgian surpassed Del Potro by 12-8. On service points won, the world number 23 led by 50-40 and in service games won, he led by 10-8. These differences weren't enough but it displayed Nikoloz's game infront of Del Potro. He was the deserving winner by being ahead in most aspects.
Before reaching the final, Del Potro enjoyed an easy ride with a comfortable mauling in the quarterfinals followed by a walkover in the semifinals (courtesy Fabio Fognini). On the other hand, Nikoloz stormed past his semifinal opponent Kyle Edmund in straight sets. It was bit of a fight till the first set, but once Nikoloz conquered that it was no looking back for him enroute the championship.
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